President & Chief Executive Officer, DC Federal Credit Union (Washington, DC) - Region 1
Carla Decker has been President & Chief Executive Officer of DC Federal Credit Union since 2001. Under her leadership, DC FCU attained the Community Development Financial Institution designation from the U.S. Department of Treasury. The credit union is also designated by the National Credit Union Administration as Low Income, and a Minority Depository Institution.
Carla advances DC FCU’s mission of financial inclusion by serving otherwise un-banked consumers and families in the Washington, DC area. Through ACCESO, an innovative collaborative that links multiple credit unions, DC FCU addresses and advocates for the financial well-being of the local Hispanic and immigrant community. Via multiple stakeholder partnerships, the credit union also banks at-risk youth, the elderly and gives voice to those most vulnerable in a highly gentrified city. For her work, Carla has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People to the Hispanic Community by “El Tiempo Latino," the principal Spanish-language news publication in DC’s metropolitan area.
An avid credit union advocate, Carla is engaged in multiple organizations that advance cooperatives as the model to build more inclusive economies. She was co-founder of the Network of Latino Credit Unions & Professionals. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Inclusiv, and of the National Cooperative Business Association/CLUSA. She represents NCBA/CLUSA and the U.S. cooperative movement on Cooperatives of the Americas (the regional governing body of the International Cooperative Alliance).
Carla has mentored, facilitated and designed curriculum for the Credit Union Development Education Programs in the United States, the Caribbean, and Canada. In 2017, her contributions to development education earned her the “Joe Biden Educator of the Year Award” from the International Credit Union Leadership Foundation in the United Kingdom.
Carla’s undergraduate studies concentrated in Finance. She holds a Master’s degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University in Virginia. She is a citizen of Peru and the United States.